Battleme

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Battleme
Origin Austin, Texas U.S.
Genres Folk rock
Years active 2009–present
Labels El Camino, Trashy Moped Recordings, Get Loud
Associated acts Lions
Members Matt Drenik

Battleme is the moniker and band of American musician and Lions singer Matt Drenik. It was started as a creative outlet to other projects Drenik was involved in during 2009.[1]

Career[edit]

Battleme first appeared in the season 2 finale of Sons of Anarchy on FX Network with the song, "Burn This Town." It was a strong departure from the guitar heavy band Lions that Drenik fronted.[2] Austinist said, “it’s a calm acoustic number with Drenik’s voice echoing and drifting easy on the breeze while he’s singing, “I’m gonna burn the town/ If you lie to me” in an eerily easy going way. There’s something in the charm and infectiousness of these songs that makes their lasting impression not one of depression, but rather calm." [3] These spurts of lo-fi acoustic folk produced numerous songs that began to see Drenik breaking away from the heavy psychedelic outfits he'd previously played in, one of which "No Time For Blood" was featured on NPR's KUT "Song of the Day." [4]

In the summer of 2010, Drenik relocated to Portland, Oregon to solely focus on the project. He built a studio in the basement of his house and began recording the demos of what would become Battleme’s self-titled debut full length. After tracking over 40 songs, the record was narrowed down to 10 and sent out. Thomas Turner of Ghostland Observatory responded and signed Drenik to his label Trashy Moped Recordings. The two began working on the final version of the record in the fall of 2010 with Turner producing. In conjunction to working on the full length record, Drenik released a quieter solo EP, Big Score, on his own imprint Get Loud. The record consisted of six previously recorded concrete folk numbers.[5]

Several Battleme songs appeared in Sons of Anarchy season 3, including a cover version of Neil Young’sHey Hey, My My.”

On March 8, 2012, the video for Battleme single "Touch" made its premiere on MTV Buzzworthy. It was also added to MTV Hive.

Battleme's eponymous debut was released on April 24, 2012 via Trashy Moped Records to positive reviews. Leading up to the release, The Washington Post included the single "Touch" in their singles file calling it a "career maker."[6] The Atlantic gave the single their "Track of the Day" calling Battleme's "groove-oriented project...a breath of fresh air."[7]Upon release the Aquarian Weekly claimed "after listening to the first couple of tracks there was no denying that it’s in a class of its own."[8]And Portland's Willamette Weekly wrote "They (Battleme's songs) abruptly throw you to the ground and pick you up again, a continuous string of battles and triumphs. And they’re pretty damn good." [9]The band also appeared at Music Fest NW (Portland, OR), Capitol Hill Block Party (Seattle, WA), and Lobster Fest (LA, CA) in 2012.

Battleme's collaboration with Bob Thiele (Sons of Anarchy, Forest Rangers) on songs "Time" and "Lights" is slated for release on November 19, 2012 on the Sons of Anarchy Volume II soundtrack via Columbia Records.

In the spring of 2013, Drenik signed to El Camino, an LA imprint headed by former EMI Publishing VP Matt Messer. He went into the studio in April to work on his 2nd full length album with producer Doug Boehme (Girls, Guided By Voices, Tokyo Police Club).

In the summer of 2014, Battleme opened for Veruca Salt for 10 shows on the Midwest and East Coast legs of the tour.[10]

Appearances[edit]

  • Hey Hey, My My” featured on season 3 of FX Network’s Sons of Anarchy finale and soundtrack
  • ”Dead Man” featured on season 3 of Sons of Anarchy
  • ”Miles Away” with Slash featured on season 3 of Sons of Anarchy
  • ”Burn This Town” featured on season 2 of Sons of Anarchy
  • ”Here With Me” featured on season 4 finale of NBC’s Chuck
  • ”Gun” featured on season 6 of CBS’s Criminal Minds
  • "Killer High" featured on season 4 of Sons of Anarchy
  • "Big Score" featured on season 4 of Sons of Anarchy
  • "Time" featured on season 4 of Sons of Anarchy
  • "Lights" featured on season 5 of Sons of Anarchy
  • "Trouble" featured on season 2 of Necessary Roughness
  • "Shoot the Noise, Man" featured on the soundtrack of NHL 13
  • "I See Through You" featured on season 6 of "Sons of Anarchy"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Exploding in Sound". Matt Drenik speaks with Exploding in Sound. Exploding in Sound. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Austin Sound". No Time For Blood. Austin Sound. Retrieved 5 Feb 2010. 
  3. ^ "Austinist". Le Diamant Brut. Austinist. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Song of the Day". No Time For Blood. Exploding in Sound. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Austin Sound". Battleme I Got Fire. Austin Sound. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Stewart, Allison (13 March 2012). "Singles File". Singles File (Washington Post). Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Track of the Day". Track of the Day. The Atlantic. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Battleme:Battleme". Battleme:Battleme. Aquarian Weekly. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Battleme". Battleme:Battleme. Willamette Weekly. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "BATTLEME ON TOUR WITH VERUCA SALT IN JULY!". battleme.tv. Retrieved 19 July 2014.